BUTCHER GUARDS CHILD’S CORPSE
She said later, the children narrated the horror of watching Lizwe dismember her grandson.
“They said Lizwe first hit him on the head with a hammer. He dragged the body and tied him on a bicycle rack before ripping his stomach open with a knife,” she said.
e visibly shaken Ms Dube said she was still struggling to come to terms with what happened to her grandson.
“He (Lizwe) is mentally disturbed but we weren’t expecting him to do such a thing,” said Ms Dube.
She said the deceased boy’s mother works in South Africa.
Police arrested Lizwe and took him to Tsholotsho Police Station.
A comment could not be obtained from Acting Matabeleland North police spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mashona.
However, ward 10 Councillor Cde Popo Ncube said society needed to keep tabs on people suspected to be suffering from mental illness.
Cde Ncube said children should never have been left near Lizwe, considering his mental state.
He said mental patients should be kept in confined places to prevent a recurrence of similar incidents.
“This will curb such incidents. If they can be kept in a place to ensure safety of the members of the public, gruesome incidents like this won’t occur,” said Cde Ncube.
“Leaving children alone is a serious risk. We’ve grassthatched houses. They can play with matches and torch huts. If such things happen, we end up saying it’s the work of witches but we just need to pay attention to children,” he said.
The incident comes at a time when the biggest mental hospital in Matabeleland, Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo is facing a critical shortage of medicines for both its in and out of hospital patients.
Three nurses have been attacked by patients this year as patients go without sedatives.
Officials at Ingutsheni Central Hospital say the drug shortage has resulted in unsustainable cases of outpatients relapsing and needing re- admission at the crowded institution. — @nqotshili.
Councillor Cde Popo Ncube